Breakfast around the World

Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate

Breakfast is considered as the most essential meal of the day. It’s the meal that fuels you the energy you need and helps you kick off your active day. Apart from that, foods for breakfast contain important nutrients such as Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber, and lots of Vitamins. These are the most important nutrients our body needs and influences a lot on how we carry out tasks physically and mentally.

However, some people don’t feel like eating their breakfast for some reasons. Might be that they’re too busy or they just don’t feel hungry until 10am. But not me! Oh how I love this meal. If only I could, I’d like to have pancakes, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, sausages, and cheese every morning! Are you salivating yet? On the other hand, you need to keep in mind that a balanced diet is still your priority. So eating sausages everyday may not sound so good too.

Additionally, in travelling around the world, one must also know what do the locals in the place you’re travelling to, eat in their meals. Of course, breakfast foods differ widely from place to place. Take a look at different types of foods people from different countries eat for breakfast.

Japan

A traditional Japanese first meal consists of a bowl of Miso soup and steamed rice or rice porridge, and various side dishes like cooked fish and some pickled vegetables, and of course a cup of green tea.

Japanese breakfast
Japanese morning meal

India

A traditional Indian morning meal depends on each region but you might be surprised that they almost eat similar dishes to lunch and dinner. Their breakfast might include roti (flatbread), dosas (thin crepes made of lentils) or idlis (steamed rice-dough pancakes), and different dips and chutneys, as well as spiced potatoes.

Indian breakfast
Indian morning meal

Singapore

Kaya is like a jam made from coconut, egg and Pandan leaves. It is served on toasted bread with a thick layer of margarine. If you like to start the day with a hearty breakfast, a set of Kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and Singapore-style coffee or tea is definitely perfect.

Singaporean breakfast
Singaporean morning meal

Australia

Recently, a new breakfast trend in Australia includes Cereal with veggies. It may sound very unattractive to start your day but it is actually rich in all the nutrients you need especially if milk or yoghurt and top it with nuts or seeds. So that’s calcium, protein, and fiber all in one serving!

Australian breakfast
Australian morning meal

Germany

I love Philippines’ traditional morning meal but this German style breakfast is by far my favorite one. I think it has everything in it that a person wouldn’t say NO for breakfast no matter how busy or lazy he/she might be. A good, traditional breakfast includes bread, toast, and/or rolls, multiple jams and honey, boiled eggs, cold meats, such as ham and salami, lots of different cheeses (which makes it perfect for me!), fruit and vegetables, and smoked fish all washed down with a strong cup or pot of tea or coffee. Aren’t those irresistible? Hmmm….

German breakfast
German morning meal

 

Brazil

Brazillian breakfast consists of a strong coffee or suco (juice), freshly baked bread (usually it is Pão Francês) with butter or margarine, and a Papaya fruit. It’s easy to prepare and very much ideal for those who want to eat light.

 

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Russia

Traditional Russian breakfast is very simple and some people who travel Russia find it unappetizing since it’s just too common. Russian breakfast includes fried eggs, porridge, sandwich with butter or jam, tvorog (similar to cottage cheese), pancakes, some fruits, and/or cereal for breakfast.

Russian breakfast
Russian morning meal

Colombia

A main food for morning meal in Colombia is the Arepa or corn cake topped with butter or fried egg, meat, or jam. Though most of them eat Calentado (which means “heated”), this is a dish made of the night-before’s leftovers which are then reheated the next morning for their breakfast. It is then served with fried egg and a hot chocolate drink.

Colombian morning meal
Colombian morning meal

England

Full English breakfast is a healthy English morning meal that includes eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, mushrooms, and cooked tomato and with of course a cup of coffee or tea especially originated in England. Almost everything in their breakfast is fried, so it’s commonly called as ‘fry-up’.

English morning meal
fry-up

Turkey

Turkish morning meal
Turkish morning meal

A traditional breakfast in Turkey consists of bread, cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and kaymak. It can also include sucuk, a spicy Turkish sausage, and Turkish tea. It is often set out as a buffet as you can see in the photo.

Trivia:

  • Kaymak is a creamy dairy product similar to clotted cream, made from the milk of water buffalos, cows, sheep, or goats in Central Asia, some Balkan countries, Turkic regions, Iran and Iraq.  Read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaymak
  • Sujuk is a dry, spicy sausage which is eaten from the Balkans to the Middle East and Central Asia. Read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sujuk

South Africa

Putu Pap
Putu Pap

Hot cereal or porridge, often made with corn and called “putu pap,” is a common first meal here. Putu pap is a porridge made from corn meal and is the main food of southern Africa. Putu pap is also known as krummelpap, which means “crumbly porridge”.

South Korea

South Korean typical meal
South Korean typical meal

A Korean morning meal looks noticeably similar to a Korean dinner. There’s rice, soup, the ever-present kimchi, some type of fish or beef, and other leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. But if you ask the locals, their basic breakfast always include the basics – rice, kimchi, and soup.

 

Israel

The Israeli morning meal is a dairy meal, and a variety of cheeses are offered unlike in many countries where there are varieties of meats except fish such as smoked or pickled fish, sardines, and salmon. Just like any other countries, egg dishes are also served in breakfast, fresh vegetables and fruits, coffee, tea, and bread and pastries.

Israeli morning meal
Israeli morning meal

Hawaii

A healthy Hawaiian breakfast – Fruits, fruits, and fruits! Sometimes bagel is included in their menu but forget it, you’ll be fascinated with all the tropical fruits they serve for breakfast.

Hawaiian Fruity morning meal
Hawaiian Fruity morning meal

Philippines

Filipino breakfast
Filipino breakfast

There are a wide variety of traditional breakfast in Philippines depending on regions. Typically in a normal morning it includes white rice or garlic fried rice, fried eggs, pan de sal (small bread rolls with coffee, corned beef, salted fish, and ripe mangoes.

Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate
Puto Maya with ripe mango and hot Chocolate

On other days especially on weekends when family members don’t go rushing in the morning, their breakfast would include Puto Maya with native hot chocolate drink. And when we say Philippines breakfast – it’s all about the local fruits here. Mangoes are popular fare to keep you regular.

How about in your country? What is your morning meal like? What did you have for breakfast today? Share it with us in the comments below.

Christmas in Philippines

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS***

Christmas is indeed the happiest time of the year. Many countries celebrate it in different ways. Some are based on their religious beliefs and some are celebrating it for commercial purposes only. Whatever reasons they have, I’d like to share with you this one particular country that celebrates Christmas interestingly and it’s no other than, Philippines!

PHILIPPINES’ CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

***Decorations***

It is believed that Philippines have the longest Christmas season in the world. As early as September, people in their homes and shops can be heard playing the Christmas carols. It marks the start of the long and happy season.  Moreover, Filipinos start to decorate Christmas ornaments and gorgeous lights in their homes and shops. The most popular decoration is the “Parol”. It is made of a colored Japanese paper or cellophane and Bamboo sticks. They are formed together into a big star lantern which is then lighted at the center. The Parol represents the star the guided the three Wise Men to where the baby Jesus was born.

Christmas Parol
Parol

***Longest Celebration***

Formally, 16th of December is the start of celebration. Catholic people go to churches starting on that day to attend the “9 early morning masses” or “Misa de Gallio”; that is from 16th of December until the Christmas Day. 80% of the Philippines’’ population is Catholics so no wonder it is the most important and celebrated holiday. Catholics believe that if they fulfilled the 9 early morning masses, their Christmas wishes will be granted. Outside the church, vendors sell the traditional food especially popular in this holiday season such as “Puto bumbong” and “Tsokolate”. Mind you these foods are sold in no time so you must be in the church early if you like to taste them.

 

Misa de Gallio in Christmas season
Misa de Gallio is one of the popular custom in Philippines.
Puto bumbong
Puto bumbong is  a type of puto or rice cake named after the bamboo tube in which it is steamed. 

Click to learn the recipe of Puto Bumbong.

Tsokolate
Tsokolate is a thick hot chocolate specially made from cacao balls.

***Surely Fun***

On the Christmas Eve, many people stay awake all night and wait for the clock to strike at 12:00. They usually sing Karaoke, play games, cook special desserts, drink alcohol, and/or take each other’s pictures to keep themselves awake. People attend the Christmas Eve mass earlier in the evening. Then they will gather together to eat Noche Buena or midnight feast after going back to their homes they It is a big and special meal joined by all the members of the family and friends. Popular Noche Buena dishes include the Lechon or roasted pig, Ham, Fruit Salad, Puto bumbong, and Coke. Most people have the Exchanging of Presents in which each family members bring gifts and give to other members of the family after eating the Noche Buena. It is the most awaited part of the holiday since everyone get to receive surprising presents.

Noche Buena
Noche Buena

On the other hand, Christmas in Philippines is mixed with Western traditions too, which means that they also have Santa Claus, Christmas trees and cards. The celebrations continue to the First Sunday in January when Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated. After this day, people start to put away their decorations.

How about in your country? How do you traditionally celebrate Christmas? Feel free to write it down in the Comments section. Happy Holidays!

 

Ideal places to visit in Davao for families

Family wanting to visit Davao, here are some ideal places to visit.

 

Davao has indeed became so popular not only because of its must-visit sight-seeing places but also for its safe and clean environment.

In fact, Davao has been hailed as the 4th safest city in the World in a survey in 2015.

I, being a Davaoeña is proud to say that because of the ordinances being strictly implemented by our President Rodrigo Duterte who became a Mayor of the city for 20 years.

It’s still safe to visit different places in the city since the President’s daughter and son are now leading the city as a Mayor and Vice-Mayor respectively.

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The walk to the Malacañang Palace during the Inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The First Family

Here are Davao City Ordinances a tourist must know before visiting.

  1. Smoking Ordinance. It was first implemented in 2002. Smokers should avoid smoking in public places however, there are designated smoking areas such as resto-bars, beach resorts, and cafes. Violators face penalties based on the frequency of their offense: P1,000 fine or month-long jail time for the first offense, P2,500 or two-month jail time for the second offense, and P5,000 or four-months in jail for the third offense. To learn more about this ordinance, read more here.
  2. Total Fire-cracking ban. Every New Year, Davao has been always recorded with zero casualty since its implementation in 2001. Violators of the firecracker ordinance are fined P1,000 or a month in jail for the first offense, P3,000 or three months in jail for the second offense, and P5,000 or six months in jail for the third offense.
  3. Speed Limit Ordinance. A maximum of 30kph downtown and 40kph within the city, and about 60kph within the city borders.  To learn more about this ordinance, read more here.
  4. Liquor ban. Selling and drinking alcoholic beverages in public places are banned in the city from 1am to 8am. Violators pay a fine of P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 or a three-month jail time for the second offense, and P5,000 and one year in jail, including the revocation of the establishment’s business permit, for the third offense.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, let’s head to the must-visit places in Davao for families.

  • Davao Crocodile Park.
    A small Gorilla showing her talent.
    A small Orangutan named Carlo in the Animal Talent Show

    If you love animals and travelling in the city with your kids, then Davao Crocodile Park is an ideal place to be. It’s not far from the city center so it’s convenient to visit and kids won’t get tired from transporting or commuting.

  • The place showcases baby Crocs and big, montrous Crocs as well. It features the biggest salwater Crocodile in the Philippines named ‘Pangil” which is 18 ft. long.
    Pangil
    Pangil

    Davao Crocodile Park doesn’t only showcases Crocodiles but also other animals as well. Below is a photo of my family holding together a Burmese Python. Would you dare yourself to hold it too?

    A family holding a Burmese Python
    A family holding a Burmese Python

    Burmese Python is considered as one of the biggest snake in the world. Amazing, right? Well, if you want more of their animals, you can enjoy Fish-feeding, watching the Animal Talent Show,  Animal Petting, Crocodile-feeding, and other various activities in the park.

  • Not to mention the different kinds of animals including the Siberian Tiger and birds including the Philippine Eagle. The whole family gets the best day with the animals at an affordable price, of course.
  • Eden Nature Park Mountain Resort.
    Eden nature Park
    Eden Nature Park Mountain Resort

    If you’re looking for a relaxing place to visit and stay at th same time while seeking for another adventure, then this is the best place for you. Eden Nature Park and Resort is located in the suburb of the city.

    They offer different accommodations such as Holiday Lodge which is ideal for Honeymoon or vacation purposes, Vista Lodge for couples who want to have an intimate time away from the busy city.

    Log Cabin that can accommodate up to 14 persons, Pine lodge that’s ideal for groups having a Team Building, Mountain Villas dor large families, and other types of rooms available for every type of tourists.

    Fishing Village
    Fishing Village
    Sky Cycle at Eden Mountain Resort
    Sky Cycle at Eden Mountain Resort
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool

    There are varius activities to enjoy in the place. Fishing with your kids must be fun for your family. What’s more, Horseriding, swimming, trekking, zip-lining, Sky-riding with a bicycle, and more Amenities to enjoy.

    Zip-line for kids
    Zip-line for kids
  • Philippine Eagle Nature Center. 
    Phil. Eagle Center
    Phil. Eagle Nature Center

    Davao is also known as the home of the world’s largest and most powerful birds of prey, the Philippine Eagle, which is also known as the Philippines’ National bird.

    Families can enjoy not only the eagles, but also the other mammals, reptiles and more birds. The place aims to educate people especially the children about the conservation and propagation of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

    Therefore, this is a must visit place for your kids. The place is wide and everything is natural in which you can enjoy the nature well while having a picnic. 

  • Jack’s Ridge.            

This is the place to recommend when you love to hang out at night in the city. The restaurant is situated at the top of the hills so the city’s view is overwhlmingly overlooking while enjoying the fresh air and relaxing ambience.

Not only that, there are many amenities in this place such as Function halls where we held our company’s christmas party last year, swimming pool, restaurants, cottages where you can stay overnight, and more.

Night view of the city at my back
Night view of the city behind 
  • People’s Park 
    A replica of the Philippine Eagle will greet you as you enter the Park.
    A replica of the Philippine Eagle will greet you as you enter the Park.

    People’s Park is a 4-hectare park and comes from the idea of the then City Mayor and current President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. This park is open for the citizens and tourists for FREE. What I like about this park is that they keep the cleanliness inside and around it’s premises.

    You can enjoy its arrayed tropical rain forest trees, large sculptures, interactive fountains, man-made ponds and waterfalls, a Durian-shaped dome, a shady and open plaza, playground for children, and many more ornaments.

    Both adults and children can enjoy the park. Kids can play in the playground with its own toilet and washroom while the adults can join the Zumba or morning exercises for free during the weekends.

    boys sitting on a planet-shaped creation
    boys sitting on a planet-shaped creation
  • The Gap Farm Orchard Resort. 
    Gap Farm Land of Promise
    Gap Farm Land of Promise

    From the name itself, Gap Farm Orchard Resort is basically a farm rich with fruit-trees, tropical trees, and other various plants.

    The resort has a large swimming pool, horseback riding facilities, convention hall, a small man-made cave, and vast picnic areas.

    Other attractions include the historical and mythical statues , a parade of sculptured animals, a row of all the Philippines’ presidents’ busts, and different tribes of Mindanao.

    Swimming pool - entrance fee of Php100.00
    Swimming pool – entrance fee of Php 100.00
  • Malagos Garden Resort. 
    Malagos Garden ResortMalagos Garden Resort

    Recently, this place has been so popular because it has the first ever Chocolate Museum in Philippines. Everyone has their minds blown when they’ve finally tasted the Malagos chocolate so be sure to try it when you visit there.

    The place has other amazing and desirable places to explore such as the their gardens, butterfly sanctuary, and aviary where you can feed the birds, a restaurant where you can order the Malagos chocolate.

    For adventure geeks, try their Sky-Walker. It’s a carefully designed obstacle course consists of eight (8) stations that will test how far your limits are– mentally and physically.

 

Pool is inviting!
Pool is inviting!

You can learn more about this place here. 

So that’s all folks! Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoy it and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy more when you visit all the places featured in this blog post. 😉 Ciao!

Zip-line your way to Scenic Places

“Life is like a zip-line. It’s over before you know it and you don’t remember much because it all went so fast.”Linda Poindexter (Author of Quips and Quotes)

Agas-Agas Bridge in Southern Leyte, Philippines
Zip-line in Agas-Agas Bridge, Southern Leyte, Philippines

Bold people love adventures that test their limits and make them conquer their fears such as the thrilling experience of Zip-lines. There are many various thrilling outdoor activities nowadays but zip-line has become more popular since it is definitely an exciting experience of sheer adrenaline, which you should add to your bucket list, and can be enjoyed by all ages. Zip-line lets you ride through the air while attached to cable lines, in the safety of a harness.

Would you like to scratch the world you have travel?

Hey, you must be wondering of How or When did this exhilarating outdoor activity originally started. It was basically used to transport goods or for people who had to pass through rough terrain and/or mountainous areas for many years.  However, nowadays zip-lines are being used as a fun outdoor activity, especially for adrenaline junkies, and are very much available in many countries.

Why try Zip-line Adventures?

Experience

If you haven’t tried this kind of adventure yet then you haven’t yet lived your life to the fastest…I mean, to the fullest! This experience is fun and exciting. It can only last for a couple of minutes but that could be the longest and most breathtaking couple-o’-minutes of your adulthood, at least. So if you’re looking for something new, go ahead and look for the nearest zip line site to experience it.

Canyon Zip line in Nevada
Canyon Zip-line in Nevada

Enjoy the Scenic View

Riding through the air gives you the perfect chance to glimpse the picturesque and astounding beauty of nature whether you’re zip lining in the city, dessert, or mountainside.

What to wear when doing the Zip?

Don’t just choose your favorite OOTD’s to impress your Instagram followers. In Zip lining, you need to dress for the weather. If you choose to zip in tropical countries, then you might want to wear light material clothing.

On the other hand, for countries with the usual low temperatures, then you might need to wear layers of clothes to stay warm and comfortable.

As for the lower body part, yoga pants, leggings, jeans, or stretchable pants are perfect since you’ll be wearing a snug harness. If you’re a lady, you wouldn’t like it if you choose to wear short short pants because the snug harness can make them ride up.

 

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Zip-line at Zip City Davao, Philippines

As for the footwear, remember that you’ll be taking an Aerial adventure so a closed toe pair of shoes is recommended. The crews might not allow you to take the zip adventure if you show up wearing sandals or flip flops.

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The most important thing is, you dress comfortably and enjoy the moment of zip lining.

 

 

Safety Helmets and Snug Harnesses will be provided to you by the crews. Make sure to double check everything for your safety.

Safety Helmets and Snug Harnesses will be provided to you by the crews. Make sure to double check everything for your safety. Although, honestly Zip line is one of the safest adventure activities we could do.

If you’re ready to soar and see different scenic places, here are some of the most thrilling and most exhilarating Zip-lines in the world.

1.The Monster | Toro Verde Adventure Park, San Juan Puerto Rico

Fly like a Superman in 4,700 ft zip-line      It’s the longest zipline in the world. Not only that, this incredible zipline in Puerto Rico is in an Island that’s known for its waterfalls and lush forests. Definitely, you can enjoy the scenic view of nature while flying. It’s like you’re on an ultimate tour high above the trees, mountains, and rivers. Isn’t that wonderful?

LENGTH: 7,590 ft.

DROP: 1,200 ft.

SPEED: 93.20 mph

Read Reviews HERE.

 

2. Zip Rider | Icy Strait Point, Alaska

zipline with 6 cables side by side

The largest zip-line in the Western Hemisphere. As you go on your way to the Icy Strait Point, travel past the quaint fishing village of Hoonah, where a thriving community of indigenous Tlingit people resides. While through the zip ride, capture a panoramic view of nearby Port Frederick and majestic snow-capped mountains before landing safely on the beach.

LENGTH: 5,495 ft.

DROP: 1,320 ft.

SPEED: 65 mph

 

 

3. Ziptrek’s The Sasquatch | Canada

An eco-exhilarating ride!

The longest in Canada and the USA.

LENGTH: 2 KM

DROP: 600 M

SPEED: 100-120 KMPH

Watch the Official Video of The Sasquatch below.

 

4. Flying Fox | Mokai Gravity Canyon, New Zealand

Soaring above the riverbed with friends.
The Flying Fox can hold one, two and even three people at a time!

LENGTH: 1.1 KM

DROP: 175 M

SPEED: 160 KPH

Experience another exhilarating zip-line while overlooking a river canyon.

Read REVIEWS HERE. 

5. Flight of the Gibbon | Thailand

Southeast Asia’s longest single zip-line with a twist. You have to go through a course of 30 stations to experience the 18 zip-lines, each has different length, depth, and speed.

 

 

TOTAL LENGTH:

800 M

You can check out their website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Zip 2000 | Sun City, South Africa

ZIP 2000

LENGTH: 2 KM

DROP: 280 M

SPEED: 120-160 KPH

Aside for their amazing and extreme zip-line, Sun City offers a breath-taking view of nature along the way.

You can check their website HERE.

 

7. The Zip Zone | Bukidnon, Philippines

zip lining experience above the Bukidnon rainforest

Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline. Fly like Superman and bolt through lush greenery and breathtaking views only found in the mountains of Dahilayan. Guaranteed safe and fun for every age, Zipzone has become the ultimate adventure destination for both young and young-at-heart.

LENGTH: 840 M

DROP: 100 M

SPEED: 60-80 KPH

Read more: http://www.dahilayanadventurepark.com

Featured Zip-line Destination for Beginners.  

Zip City | Davao City, Philippines

 

LENGTH: 320 M

Glide from above whilst enjoying a scenic view of Mount Apo and Davao Gulf so fear of heights or fear from falling could be set aside for awhile due to the relaxing view on top.  They have complete and safe equipment like a harness, head gears, cable and trolleys that have passed the standard requirement of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.  What’s more, the crews assisting the riders are professional and helpful to their customers.

 

 

How to Change Your Approach for Positivity

How to Change Your Approach for Positivity

Do you tend to think pessimistically in diverse situations? Here are some tips that are certain to help.

 

  1. Wake up early every morning.

If you normally wake up at around seven o’clock, try to wake up an hour earlier. It doesn’t only start your day early but it also helps your mind condition be more at peace. Why? Because the most quiet time of the day is during the early hours in the morning. If you are a mom, there’ll be no kids playing or fighting around, no sound of vehicles, not any nuisance which can mess about the silence of your morning.

Waking up early is a great opportunity for you to work out. If you make it as your daily routine, you will never miss a day to work out your body. After-work exercises can sometimes be canceled due to other matters in your life.

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Mornings are the most productive time of the day. You can make the kind of breakfast you like to eat. You can eat early and by eating early it means your body is now ready to run for what it needs to do. You can also have time for other things you like to do like reading a book while drinking coffee or listening to music while doing the dishes.

To allow yourself to wake up early of course you must be used to hit hay early as well. Perhaps you might need to drop off watching your favorite late night TV series or your nightly routine of surfing the Internet.

2. Try to make at least 5 people smile every single day. How often do you smile in a day?

Smiling does not only make you feel positive towards people, it helps people feel upbeat on you too. Moreover, smiling is contagious and it attracts positive atmosphere.

Smiling reduces constant worry, it makes you look more beautiful, and it can make you feel happy even if you’re burdened inside. Smile is the best thing to wear throughout the day so smile a lot!

 

  1. Say NO to Gossip!

There are far better things to do than gossiping with others. Admit it; it’s a total waste of time and energy. It brings out negative feelings, issues from the past, and/or everything that’s out of your control. It will add stress to your state of mind, thus it will gradually change you into a negative person.

 

  1. Stop worrying on what other people think about you.

Why care about their opinions on you? Does it really matter? NO. You see, you can’t please everyone. Thinking about what others feel about you is another negative pattern you must stop. Do you spend much time in front of the mirror thinking about which is best to wear for today’s gathering with friends? Or you are just worried about the possible disappointments and negative impressions you may give to them when they see you wearing something that might not please their eyes.

Trying so much to please others results to pretending with ourselves. As a matter of fact, people really don’t care about us. If you feel that you are being judged or if their opinions don’t go along with yours, learn to accept it and move forward. What’s more, be mindful of what’s happening in front of you. But of course, looking back helps us to become a better person and remember our future goals in the first place. So stand up and be proud of what you are no matter what. Life is too short to care about what others think.

 

  1. Work-life Balance.

Let me categorize each of the priorities.

Work includes your ambitions and career. While life or lifestyle includes family, pleasure, health, leisure, and there could more on your list. Literally, how can we really balance both when there’s so much to do on life than work? (LOL)

If you feel that you’re spending so much in your office and couldn’t resist the demands of your job, then many people do. Working overtime, sitting long hours in front of your computer or answering numerous calls from your boss or clients even if you’re at home are the things that contribute a lot on our hassle which makes our approach negative. Spend your day off from work by going on a short trip with family or by playing sports with your kids and when doing that, don’t think about anything related to your work. Focus on the fun and live up with the moment. Most of all turn off your phone.

Furthermore, remember to set your priorities and goals first. List out the most important things you need to do throughout the day, in a week, a month, and even your goals for the year. In this way, you’ll be able to remind yourself on the things you need to do from the things you want to do. Limit or if possible avoid activities that waste your precious time and energy such as surfing your Facebook newsfeed especially when you’re at home. Experts say that spending too much time on social media may actually hurt family relationships and puts more pressure in your social life and emotionally. As one quote goes, “Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your family will.”

 

 

6. Travel

Travel makes you a happier person. It helps you see the positive side of the world. It contributes a lot to change your approach for Positivism. Travelling gives you time for yourself. You might feel that you already know yourself well but there’s more to know more about you when you go to different places. You might be surprise that you have some hidden potentials. You’ll face your fears and discover how to overcome it. It’s the same as reading books because you learn new things. You learn about different people, culture, food, history, adventure and so on… Travelling helps in creating wonderful memories especially when doing it with your family and friends. It brings out the child in you, inspire you to write more if you are a writer, love different people equally, and most of all see things POSITIVELY.

 

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JJ Sum A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person...
JJ Sum
A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person…

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness – Body loves it

Wellness today,

 

It is very important to invest in our health. Give yourself a break. Need to unwind and have your “me” time? Is your schedule so busy that you can’t even go to a massage parlor? Well, fret not. There are a lot of massage spas in the city that offers home service and wonderful spa experience.

For the last 5 years, massage spas have been invading Davao.  I haven’t been to all of them but I would like to share some of my experiences and recommendations.

There are a number of reasons to get a massage. Here’s a few:

  • It can relieve stress.

Stress can affect our health. It can affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. Chest pains, headaches and hypertension are only the few possible effects of stress. Getting a massage can reduce stress and help us avoid dealing with its more serious effects.

  • It can help improve sleep.

People who have difficulties with sleeping can also benefit from getting a massage. Having a quality sleep is essential to our health. I schedule my massage on weekends after work.

  • Massage Therapy can boost mental health.

Studies show that massage therapy can reduce depression and anxiety. It also shows that getting the right massage can significantly decrease heart rate and blood pressure. (Source:  American Massage Therapy Association or AMTA)

So, what do I usually look for in a massage spa?

Before going to a particular spa, I usually check (or snoop around as others may call it) it first.  I look at their website (if they have one) or visit their Facebook Page. If I can get a contact number, that would be better.

  • Location

For those who have cars, location and parking space are really important. As for me, it’s better if the spa is near from where I am staying. The environment is also a plus. You are there to relax. Choose a place where you feel comfortable and safe.

  • Therapists

The core of every massage spa lies on its therapists. A good therapist and service will definitely make you a regular customer. Therapists must be polite, professional and of course they must be cleanly dressed. It is also important to me that my therapist is sensitive to the kind of pressure (massage) that I want. I personally do not like it when they talk too much. It takes the sense out of having to relax.

  • Massage Style

Different massage therapy spas also have different styles of massage. There are spas that specializes on only one type of massage and there are others that offer almost everything. Choose wisely. Choose one that suits your needs. I suggest trying all types and pick one that you like best. I personally like Swedish Massage and reflexology. Other popular kinds include Thai massage, shiatsu, and hot stone.

You can also tell if a massage spa is good by the way they treat their customers. Ask your friends for feed backs. Google. Do more research if possible.

Here are some massage spas you might like to visit.

  1. Restherapy Spa

Located at Mamay Road, Davao City, Davao Del Sur. It’s a must visit place for those who need a good treat. They have good customer service and their therapists are very friendly.

I had a very relaxing and satisfying experience here. They also have lower rates in the afternoon from 3pm to 6pm. For as low as 200php per hour, you can enjoy a massage that would truly calm your senses.

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They also offer Sauna for as low as 100php!

If you need a massage but would rather not go out, the Restherapy Spa also has the perfect solution for you! They offer HOME SERVICE for nearby locations for only 400 Php per hour.

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  1. Oriental Touch Shiatsu Center

This spa is amazing. Aside from massage therapy, they also offer manicure, pedicure and spa packages! They have been in the business since 2005. They are open from 2pm to 12 midnight.

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Their Whole Body Massage costs P299 per hour.

The Foot Massage is also at P299 per hour.

They also offer Home Service which is at P599 per hour.

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If you will visit their branches, you would notice that there is no difference with regards to their massage technique. They are very consistent. The therapist and staff are well trained. You’ll definitely experience an amazing service.

I also love the ambience and the music. Very relaxing.  You can book a spa party with them. They also offer Kids Spa Party for your little ones.  They also offer Chi Face Lift Massage, Shiatsu and a combination massage.

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  1. Lazuli Spa

It is named after Lapiz Lazuli. A deep blue gemstone believed to have healing properties. This spa is a little bit pricey. Their prices range from 1,200 to 2,500 Philippine pesos, depending on the length and kind of treatment that you like. It’s located at the 4th floor inside the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

They are open daily from 10am to 11pm.  But if you are looking for a place to pamper yourself and relax, Lazuli is definitely a must-go place.  A friend invited me when she was visiting Davao. I was shocked to see the prices at first but after trying their service, I can certainly say that it was worth it. My friend even said that it was one of the highlights of her holiday.

The place is really quiet and clean. The staff are really friendly. Compared to other spas in Davao, the linens feel and smell new. The towels are still puffy and they do not smell. Other spas have very poor hygiene standard that you can even smell the sweat of the other customers all over the spa. I can say that this is one of the best spas in Davao so far.

So, what are you waiting for? If you are in desperate need of some pampering after all the craziness and stress from the past weeks, getting a nice massage is what you might need. Give yourself a wonderful treat.

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Certainly, many countries in Asia has varieties of spa culture and beauty traditions. Check out few of them below:

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam

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Afond Boutique Spa in Singapore

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World of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Eating Out has become one of the world’s most favorite hobbies,

although many people considered it as a necessity, especially to those who are too busy in preparing or cooking their own meal at home.  According to www.statista.com, in 2015 28.2% of Americans visit fast-food restaurants once a week and about 34% of Americans visit casual dining restaurants once a week. However recently, an informal form of dining called Buffet meals is increasingly becoming popular among people who definitely love eating out.

Originally, Buffet started in the middle of 16th century in Sweden where guests would gather before dinner for a pre-dinner drink which is then known as “Smorgasbord Buffet”. Until later on in 20th Century, Buffet became popularly known as “All-you-can-eat” or Eat-all-you-can”. In this style of Buffet, diners pay a fixed amount and they can serve themselves with as much food as they wished to eat in a single meal. On the other hand, there are staffed stations wherein specific food such as noodle soups, grilled meats, roasted meats, and many more are being custom prepared.

 

However, many people are more conscious about their health and feel dubious when their colleagues or friends give them the temptation of dining in a Buffet.

Diet-conscious people might think that they will gain weight in eating at a Buffet restaurant, while some people suggest that we can regularly eat out or eat in a Buffet without gaining weight.  In my opinion, eating at a Buffet doesn’t hurt your diet unless you’re going to eat there every lunch or dinner. That would cost someone a lot of money. Though there are some people who are very keen and diet obsessed who would rather think the worst.

For those diet-conscious people who would like to try the various dishes flaunted in front of the diners not to mention the grandeur of tables around that totally adds up to the enticing ambience of Buffet, there are few things I would suggest they might want to try to do when dining at a Buffet.

  1. Be wise in selecting the dishes.

 

For instance, you can have a salad of lettuce greens and assorted vegetables without cheese. Make the Salad bars your first stop since most health experts says it can keep you from overeating. Avoid eating the cream-based dishes which are made of mayonnaise, sour cream or cream cheese that are full of fats and increases your cholesterol levels.

Vikings Buffet Salad Station

 


Choose your meat wisely too. You can opt for grilled or baked fish instead of fried chicken to avoid too much oil and let’s admit everything that’s fried can destroy your balanced diet. So always choose baked items over deep-fried items.

If possible do not eat white rice. Eat the fiber-rich brown rice when available. It’s rich in fiber and reduces high cholesterol levels. However most Buffet restaurants offer diners white rice than brown rice since it’s cheaper and far more widely available than the brown rice. Fried rice, on the other hand, can also be more loaded with calories than plain rice. Obviously, it contains oil and fat that again can be harmful to your diet.

Some food served in Buffet, believe it or not, may result someone to overeat. Make smart decisions from the start because such clever ways of choosing your meal is quite healthy and yet enjoyable!

 

  1. Avoid binge-eating.

    Yes, we are talking about Buffet here where you can eat all you want. But hey, just because it’s all-you-can-eat doesn’t mean you should. Of course you may want to try all those delicacies and cuisines from various countries but you may also want to consider in eating small portions in each of those tempting dishes. In my case I prefer to eat dishes which I never eat or don’t eat in a regular basis. The last time I ate in a Buffet restaurant called Vikings, I tried a little bit of the Roast Turkey with Cranberry sauce which was just enough and more enjoyable to eat than the Boneless Roast Pig. Both are some of the food there that I rarely eat.

Vikings Roast Turkey

 Buffets may look like a feast to most people but actually you will never eat all that was offered there because you just can’t. You wouldn’t want to look like an elephant after. Remember, you control the meal. I like to share with you this advice I’ve read somewhere in the internet world,

“Take less of each dish than you think you want. If you like it, you can always get more; if not, you won’t be wasting space on your plate or in your stomach.” – CyanManta

  1. What you got to do with the Desserts.

Vikings Dessert Station

 Desserts are the most inevitable foods in Buffets so indulge wisely.

You can eat something high-fat dessert such as crème brûlée and share it with your friends or people at your table. Or, choose a low-fat dessert like Sorbet which can give you more nutrition than you can imagine.

 

  1. Work out before you plan to eat out in a Buffet and the day after. It doesn’t just burn your calories but also curbs your appetite.

 

For foodies and big eaters, Buffets can be a “food paradise” while for dieters and healthy lifestyle seekers, buffets can be a bad and dangerous thing. Well it depends on which kind of person you think you are. Most importantly, Buffet eating needs to be well-planned. Diners must make best choices of the food, how they may want to eat. Like if they would want to eat like a Viking, course by course, section by section, or concentrate on one station and delicacy. Moreover, health experts suggest that we should never go to a buffet if we are starving. It can be dangerous to our health and damage our appetite. A soup or light meal will reduce the intensity of the hunger and can make us be wiser in choosing the kind and amount of food we eat in buffets.

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JJ Sum A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person...
JJ Sum
A stay-at-home mom, a home-based online English tutor, an internet nut, coffee addict, likes to watch American TV series, Hollywood & Korean movies, and a very family-oriented person…